Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
U.S. | By Jeffery Vega

'Billions' creators defend Preet Bharara after firing

'Billions' creators defend Preet Bharara after firing

Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, suggested Sunday there may be a connection with such requests and the ouster of Mr. Bharara.

But on Friday afternoon, Sessions abruptly ordered 46 prosecutors, almost all appointees of Barack Obama, to resign "effective immediately".

The creators of "Billions", a TV drama loosely based on the story of famed U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's investigation of a Wall Street hedge-fund manager, are speaking out after the prosecutor was sacked by the Justice Department. They usually leave office when a new president is elected, although some remain for months to help with the transition.

Nearly all of the 46 USA attorneys asked to resign on Friday have now done so, a Justice Department official said. Bharara was a political appointee but the rest of his staff members are professional attorneys and investigators. It includes Manhattan and has seen prosecutions of cases involving militant violence and financial crimes.

Bharara has also been an apolitical figure who has been a crusader against government corruption. Last week, watchdog groups asked Bharara to investigate Trump's potential emoluments clause violations; plus, there's that small issue of Trump Tower being coincidentally within the jurisdiction of the SDNY. But he questioned why Trump had suddenly changed his mind on keeping Bharara.

Trump has repeatedly pledged to drain the Washington swamp. Since November, however, Schumer has led the Democratic opposition in the Senate, which the White House views as obstructionist and running counter to the President's agenda. One of several lawyers who spoke with Big Law Business expected Bharara to take some time off before making a decision.

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The Trump administration moved on Friday to sweep away most of the remaining vestiges of Obama administration prosecutors at the justice department, ordering 46 holdover USA attorneys to tender their resignations immediately - including Preet Bharara, the USA attorney in Manhattan.

A source told CNN that Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente called Bharara on Saturday to ask if it was true that he was refusing to resign, and Bharara told him yes.

United States President Donald Trump tried to call US Attorney Preet Bharara before firing him, a White House official said.

"His relentless drive to root out corruption, to lock up terrorists, to take on Wall Street and stand up for what is right should be a model for USA attorneys in the years to come", he said on Sunday.

Politico reported that Bharara's office seized the commission's records in 2014, "promising to pick up where the commission left off" and quoted him as saying, "We continue to have active investigations related to substantive inquiries that were being conducted by the Moreland Commission at the time of its closure". Schiff said The committee plans to take the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, among other top officials, before the congress in an open hearing on March 20, where questions regarding the wiretapping claims will be made, Schiff said.

'He's not providing context on his tweet or tweets, ' said the spokesman.

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